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Falana Distances Self From New Political Movement

Says he wasn’t consulted, hails idea behind it

Foremost Nigerian attorney, Femi Falana (SAN) has denied being a member of the new political movement recently launched in Nigeria.

Falana in a statement said he wasn’t carried along in the process and was not consulted before being added.

While he hailed the idea behind the political movement, he has joined Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Dangiwa Umar, a former Governor of Kaduna State in denying his association with the movement.

Falana said he’s not a member of the movement which has members like Oby Ezekwesili, Shehu Sani, Prof. Pat Utomi.

Other members are; Abubakar Umar, Jibo Ibrahim, Chidi Odinkalu; Remi Sonaiya, former presidential candidate; Tanko Yinusa, Shettima Yerima and Funke Awolowo.

Falana however hailed the movement for trying to save the “desperate situation progressive Nigerians find themselves in the bid to save Nigeria from what looks like an imminent shipwreck.”

“My attention has been drawn to the launching of the Nigerian Consultative Forum (NCF) led by some notable Nigerians. I wish to commend  all efforts aimed at creating an alternative platform with the potential of lifting the long suffering people of Nigeria from economic and political stupor. I also recognise the fact that some of the promoters of the NCF are people who are motivated by the common good. Many of them have made profound sacrifices to make Nigeria a better place to live,” the statement read.

“In this light I commend what appears to be the genuine motive of the organisers of the National Consultative Forum. However, I observe that my name has been mentioned as one of the pillars behind this initiative. While I appreciate the concern of the leadership of the new group to enlist my support, I wish to say that at no time have I been consulted neither did I attend the meeting where the forum was launched.

“I appreciate the almost desperate situation progressive Nigerians find themselves in the bid to save Nigeria from what looks like an imminent shipwreck. This might  have informed the haste with which many honest and dedicated hands find themselves.

“This clarification should not be conceived as opposition to all honest efforts designed to rescue Nigeria from the claws of abject poverty and increasing loss of hope. I wish to add that there are several efforts I have been involved lately and I believe there is a growing perspective that all efforts should be harmonised for maximum impact.

“At the appropriate time, we shall come before Nigerians to present the new platform which would be predicated upon pro-masses oriented anti-poverty programme, and hopefully, the founders of the new initiative will be proud not to be left out.”

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